1. In my last post, I talked about confirmations. Well, there’s another one I want to share, but I’m not doing it to make myself look or to puff myself up. Rather, it’s to share a confirmation that God did for me.
Most of you know that my brother Eric signed up for the REACH program last year, and went to Nepal. My other brother Tyler was in college and graduated this May, while Eric came from Nepal also in May. At the time, I was feeling quite insecure about myself, wondering where I fit in. (I can’t even fit into a pair of skinny jeans, let alone my place in life. Sigh). Most of my girl cousins are married, and I’m still waiting for Prince Charming.
Well, this year at church, we decided to do Awana for our kid’s program instead of Faith Weavers. Now Faith Weavers is a good program, but we’d beein doing it for so many years, and so we decided to try something new. Now, I had tried my hand at being a teacher for Faith Weavers for the 3 and 4 years, and needless to say, I wasn’t very good at it. I either wasn’t firm enough with the kids, or if I was firm, I was too firm and they got scared of me. :( I had to find a balance somewhere. I didn’t want the kids to run over me and get away with stuff, but I also wanted them to feel comfortable around me. So, someone else volunteered to be the teacher, and I was the helper.
Well for Awana, there’s a group called the Puggles, which is 2 and 3 year olds. I felt God nudging me to teach that class, and I tried to fight it, thinking, “But God! I wasn’t a good teacher with the Faith Weavers class, so someone else had to be the teacher. Why do You want me to do this?” I didn’t know, but I signed up to be the teacher for the Puggles group. And, strange as it sounds, I actually enjoyed it! Most of the kids were pretty good; though a few did cry when their parents left. But I’d read the lesson, show a picture related to the lesson, then we colored, did crafts, played games, snack, and the rest of the time was play time! (With potty breaks in between, of course).
But here’s where the confirmation part comes in. One of my kids’ moms told me once (when I was running late to church due to being on the Bookmobile that afternoon/evening) that Trey (her son) threw a fit because he thought I wasn’t coming! :) She told me that Trey said “I want Ashley!”
Awww. That made my heart melt. <3 And Trey wasn’t the only one. I later found out that 2 other kids from my class (Grady and Addi) felt the same way, and, believe it or not, Trey, plus Grady and Addi, wouldn’t even go to Sunday School on Sunday mornings because I wasn’t their teacher! Grady’s mom told me that they liked coming to my class because I made them feel safe. Uh….whoa. Previously, I was too firm with kids and they were scared of me. Now I made kids feel safe? What a turn-around!
Anyway, I believe God wanted me to teach Awana for the Puggles group to show me that I am just as needed here as Eric is in Nepal. Or Tyler is in college. I don’t know what it was I did that made these kids love me so much, but I know Who was working through me to teach them and instill the lessons in them. :)
2. On another note, last Thursday I was on my way to a viewing, and I didn’t know how to get to the church it was being held at. (I remember being at that church once, when I was 9). Eric printed out directions from Google Maps, and I was on my way. Google Maps said the estimated time was 26 minutes. Well, believe it or not, it took me an hour and a half to get to the church because I kept making wrong turns, getting on wrong roads, turning around, and texting and calling people asking for directions! >:( Sigh….well, at least I made it in time. But ugh! That was so frustrating.
That made me think though, of all the lost people in the world today. They’re looking for the right road….something to satisfy them. They fill themselves up with money, possessions, fame, their career, etc. They want truth. But they twist the truth to fit their desires. They go on wrong turns, and ask people what the meaning of life is, and do all sorts of good deeds….but they’re still empty. Jesus said He is the Way. The Truth. And the Life.
3. It has been almost 6 months into the New Year (although it’s not so new anymore, lol), and so far, 2014 is going pretty well! Although it’s rather personal, several of my prayers have been answered. I have wonderful friends who I can talk to about stuff (one of my friends even told me I can talk to her anytime and that she’s always here for me. :D That made me feel good), Eric came back from Nepal safe and sound, Tyler graduated college, 2 people I’ve been praying for have slowly started coming around, and then of course finding out that my Puggles kids loved me. :) God is so good. But, even when He doesn’t answer our prayers the way I want Him to, He is still good. Because He is God. I am so very blessed.
4. My New Year’s resolution was to give up pop for the year (unless I’m sick and throwing up, then I’ll take Sprite or 7-Up or something), and I can’t believe it’s been nearly 6 months! Whenever our family has pizza, we always have pop to drink with it. The first time I had pizza without pop, it felt really weird. But now, I don’t think about it. The really hard part is gonna be our annual family gathering in July, where we have homemade root beer (SO much better than store-bought), popcorn, homemade ice cream, BBQ chicken, and other goodies. We only get homemade root beer once a year, at the family gathering. It’s gonna be hard for me to give it up this year (especially since we’re having Ken and Elaine, a missionary family that I haven’t seen in years, come join us this year!) But at the end of this year, I want to be able to say, “I did it!” 5 and a half months down, 6 and a half more months to go. I can do this!
Have a lovely weekend, everyone!